Monday, January 28, 2013

100th Day of School Idea

You can give your students a 100 dollar bill with their picture on it for the 100th day of school!
Just visit this website and upload student pictures!

Saturday, January 26, 2013


Working with struggling students for most of my teaching career has taught me a few things about children and how attitude impacts learning.  I have seen it all!  Smart students that give up on learning, and struggling students that are determined to succeed.    

What does it take to be a determined learner?

Here is my list of qualities that children need to possess to be successful:

Realizing that you are responsible for your own learning.

Knowing that you have what it takes to learn!

Having a curiosity and excitement to learn.

The energy that moves us forward.

The willingness to take risks and try something new.

  What qualities do you think our students need to be determined learners?

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Storytime Books Online

Barnes and Noble offers you online books read by authors and celebrities!

The Kissing Hand
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Guess How Much I Love You
Green Eggs and Ham
Tickle Monster
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Splish, Splash, Splat
Charlie the Ranch Dog
Strega Nona
The Polar Express
Where the Wild Things Are
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Smash Crash
Fancy Nancy: Bonjour, Butterfly

What a great resource for Daily 5!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Heart Writing Website

I really love this free website that will take your writing and turn it into a shape.  What a great idea for writing in February!  Students could cut out the shape and and glue it to pretty paper with a doily.  Girls would love to add some bling!  
Another positive: You have to write quite a few sentences to make the heart shape design.  That will encourage students that only like to write one or two sentences to write more!

I wrote a love note to teachers!  

Common Core Alignment
With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Martin Luther King Freebies

If you are looking for ideas for MLK Day, check out my post from last year, found here.  I added a few writing papers using the wonderful free clipart by ATLTeacher found here on TPT!

Check out these lessons on Thinkfinity!

Latoya Reed has a free packet to celebrate MLK Day on TPT!
I love the concept map!

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."  Martin Luther King

What is your dream?